Marshmello Delivers Fluffy EDM
As I looked around the crowd lined up for Marshmello’s Ritual Tour brought to Atlanta by Live Nation, I felt old. I’m only 21, but despite the show being 18+ everyone in the crowd looked so much younger. (Editor's Note: It has been brought to our attention that show was actually all ages, we apologize for the confusion). Personally, I’ve never been a huge fan, but I figured it could be fun to jump around to bouncy EDM in bright lights as opposed to dancing in a dark room playing dark techno – I’ve heard it’s good to mix it up every once in a while.
The Tabernacle opened it's doors Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m., and Speaker of the House began the night with an enjoyable set that played with some deep house vibes. Marshmello came on around 10:30 p.m. and as soon as the lights dimmed down for his arrival onto the stage, the crowd was lit up with cell phones trying to capture the moment. The screen behind him flashed a starry night and the opening track was bubble gum that had kids jumping up and down hyped up for a happy and playful set.
Marshmello came out in his signature all-white outfit and bucket on his head and played a mix of pop, hip-hop, and EDM tracks that felt a little generic. I can’t tell you how many times I heard the same “Alone” loop over and over again. By the end of the night, I found myself singing the obnoxiously infectious refrain “tryna find my way back home to you” along with everyone. I couldn't even help it, it's just so damn catchy. Confetti exploded everywhere and everyone was in high spirits the whole night, but throughout his set, I barely saw his hands touch the CDJs. Dude, were you even DJing? He also brought on stage a few interesting acts including Lil Yachty, B.o.B. and Rich Homie Quan because apparently when you come to Atlanta, regardless of your music genre, you have to bring out Atlanta rappers.
His set wasn’t memorable or particularly exciting, but it sold out and made hundreds of people bounce up and down, so there’s that. After he finished his set at the Tabby, he went on to play an after party at Gold Room courtesy of Amplify which was more or less the same basic EDM. Maybe Marshmello would benefit from focusing on creating more intricate tracks over trying so hard to keep his identity secret, but the reason he’s so successful is because there will always be a market for easily digestible mass consumed pop.